[huhng-ger] /ˈhʌŋ gər/
a compelling need or desire for food.
the painful sensation or state of weakness caused by the need of food:
to collapse from hunger.
a shortage of food; famine.
a strong or compelling desire or craving:
hunger for power.
verb (used without object)
to feel hunger; be .
to have a strong desire.
verb (used with object)
Rare. to subject to hunger; starve.
from hunger, Slang. deplorably bad; dreadful:
The styles in coats this winter are from hunger.
Also, strictly from hunger.
a feeling of pain, emptiness, or weakness induced by lack of food
an appetite, desire, need, or craving: hunger for a woman
to have or cause to have a need or craving for food
(intransitive; usually foll by for or after) to have a great appetite or desire (for)
Old English hungor “unease or pain caused by lack of food, craving appetite, debility from lack of food,” from Proto-Germanic *hungruz (cf. Old Frisian hunger, Old Saxon hungar, Old High German hungar, Old Norse hungr, German hunger, Dutch honger, Gothic huhrus), probably from PIE root *kenk- (2) “to suffer hunger or thirst.” Hunger strike attested from 1885; earliest references are to prisoners in Russia.
Old English hyngran (cf. Old Saxon gihungrjan, Old High German hungaran, German hungern, Gothic huggrjan), from the source of hunger (n.). Related: Hungered; hungering.
hunger hun·ger (hŭng’gər)
- Hunger contractions
hunger contractions pl.n. Strong contractions of the stomach associated with hunger pains.
[huhng-ger-lee] /ˈhʌŋ gər li/ adjective, Archaic. 1. marked by a hungry look.
- Hunger pain
hunger pain n. Pain or discomfort in the epigastrium associated with hunger.
[huhng-ger-strahyk] /ˈhʌŋ gərˌstraɪk/ verb (used without object), hunger-struck, hunger-striking. 1. to go on a hunger strike. noun 1. a deliberate refusal to eat, undertaken in protest against imprisonment, improper treatment, objectionable conditions, etc. noun 1. a voluntary fast undertaken, usually by a prisoner, as a means of protest